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Tauranga Bay break guidePhoto by: Rob Davies

Tauranga Bay Surf Guide

Tauranga Bay in West Coast South Island is an exposed beach and point break that has reasonably consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the east southeast with some shelter here from south winds. Still reasonable in light onshore winds Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the best swell direction is from the west southwest. The beach breaks consists of lefts and there is a left hand point break as well. Surfable at all stages of the tide. It's sometimes crowded here. Take care of rocks in the line up.

Tauranga Bay Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
12.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Tauranga Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Tauranga Bay occur when a West-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East-southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Tauranga Bay (for consistent clean waves)?

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Tauranga Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of June. Clean surfable waves are typically found 40% of the time in June while 50% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 10% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Tauranga Bay Location Map

Interactive Tauranga Bay surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to Tauranga Bay is Westport Airport (WSZ) in New Zealand, which is 11 km (7 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Tauranga Bay is Hokitika Airport (HKK), also in New Zealand, 112 km (70 miles) away.

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Tauranga Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 7 July 2022, 19:38 Local Time
ThuFriday 08
Wave (m)
Period (s) 14 14 14 14
Wind (km/h)
Wind State off cross-

Swell History at Tauranga Bay

Surf stats for Tauranga Bay, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Tauranga Bay

Wind stats for Tauranga Bay, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Tauranga Bay Reviews:

Interactive Porthcawl Point location map. View nearby buoy information, live wind conditions and surrounding roads, paths and locations to help find new breaks. Click the buoys or wind icon to view more information.

Based on 6 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s44.0
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s43.8
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s33.0
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s21.6
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Arne from Germany
“The Spot is ok. BUT be aware! There is a strong Chanel on the left that you can use to get out close to the rocks. IF YOU GET TO FAR LEFT THERE IS A STRONG CURRENT TAKING YOU OUT TO SEA!!! I got all most swept out. If you get caught in it please swim to the left parallel to the beach back to the left line up. Take care”

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Discover surf breaks near Tauranga Bay. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s43.7
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    4km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s43.9
    Reliability: inconsistent
    12km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach/river bar
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    14km away
    • Icon beach  redBreakwater
    • Icon  s43.6
    Reliability: inconsistent
    16km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach/river bar
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    29km away

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